Lower energy costs for Wide Bay dairy farmers


The Liberal National Government is continuing its support for the dairy industry, with six Wide Bay dairy farmers to receive grants for energy-efficient equipment, Federal Member for Wide Bay and Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives Llew O'Brien announced today.  
Mr O'Brien said the farmers had been awarded grants of up to $20,000 each through the Government's Energy Efficient Communities Program to lower their power bills so they can reinvest in their business and employ more people.
"These grants will help local dairy farmers reduce their energy bills and will provide much-needed financial support at a time when many in the industry are struggling after years of unfair milk pricing and drought," Mr O'Brien said.

"Supporting the long-term sustainability of our dairy farmers is critical to the Wide Bay economy and Australia's food security, and I am pleased this election commitment has been delivered by the Morrison Government."

The grants can be used for cutting energy costs by upgrading to more energy-efficient equipment such as vacuum pumps, cooling and heating equipment or lighting; investing in monitoring systems to better manage energy use; or having energy audits done on a dairy's operations.
The following grants have been awarded to farms in Wide Bay:
Amount    Location    Purpose
$19,590    Gympie    Energy Efficient Water Heating Upgrade
$20,000    Wooroonden    Upgrade Irrigation to Pivot for Energy Efficiency
$19,250    Kybong    Installing a Heat Recovery Unit to Reduce Electricity Costs
$20,000    Boonara    Heat Recovery System Upgrade
$20,000    Bells Bridge    Irrigation Upgrade
$17,401    Cedar Pocket    Energy Efficient Irrigation Upgrade

Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction Angus Taylor said the Government is supporting dairy farmers to invest in energy-saving activities for the benefit of their business and the country.
"Dairy farmers are at the centre of an industry every Australian relies upon," Minister Taylor said.  
"The products they produce line our supermarket shelves and fill our fridges.
"With energy a significant cost of doing business in the dairy industry, these grants will help farmers lower their bills and help ensure the long-term viability of their businesses.
"Helping these businesses to cut their power bills by becoming more energy efficient will ease the financial pressures they face while also reducing our emissions. It's a win-win."
Minister for Agriculture, Drought and Emergency Management David Littleproud said energy use in milk cooling, milk harvesting and hot water production is one of the highest overheads in the dairy shed, so anything that can be done to reduce costs will help support the financial resilience of these farmers.
"Many businesses are struggling at the moment and dairy farmers, in particular, are continuing to do it tough in the drought and the aftermath of devastating bushfires," Minister Littleproud said.
"These grants will provide welcome support at a time when so many in the agricultural sector are struggling."
The Energy Efficient Communities Program was announced as part of the Government's $3.5 billion Climate Solutions Package to deliver on Australia's 2030 climate commitments.   

Australian Government Energy & Water Political

Llew O'Brien MP : View Full Profile
PO Box 283, Gympie
1300 301 968
Llew O'Brien MP
Showing 10+ recent articles for this business
Applications open to fund life-saving Driver Reviver upgrades in Wide Bay 15 January 2021 | Operators of Driver Reviver locations across Wide Bay can now apply for a share of $7.3 million in Australian Government funding to upgrade their life-saving rest sites. More information...
Funding available now to help build a better Wide Bay region 12 January 2021 | Federal Member for Wide Bay and Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives Llew O'Brien is encouraging local communities to apply for a share of $200 million in funding under the Round 5 of the Building Better... More information...
A share of $4 million to help Cooloola Coast and Noosa environment's bushfire recovery 17 December 2020 | The Cooloola Coast and Noosa National Park will share in an extra $4 million in federal funding to support the long-term recovery of native plants, animals and ecological communities following the devastating... More information...
Apply now for funding to build a Stronger Community 11 January 2021 | Local community, volunteer and veteran service organisations, councils and sporting groups are encouraged to submit expressions of interest for the latest round of the Stronger Communities Programme (SCP) funding... More information...
Local roads and community infrastructure funding to boost jobs and the economy in Wide Bay 11 January 2021 | Federal Member for Wide Bay and Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives Llew O'Brien today welcomed the approval of funding for 10 road upgrade projects in Wide Bay, which will support 64 local jobs and... More information...
$2 million for Noosa projects to boost bushfire recovery 18 December 2020 | A new laboratory trialling bushfire-fighting technologies will be created in Noosa, with support from a $1,894,503 jointly-funded grant through the Local Economic Recovery program, Federal Member for Wide Bay and... More information...
Funding helps councils on Road to Recovery in Wide Bay 08 December 2020 | Local road maintenance in the Fraser Coast, Cherbourg, South Burnett and Sunshine Coast will receive a boost thanks to funding under the Australian Government's Roads to Recovery Program. More information...
$126,000 show of support for Wide Bay 03 December 2020 | Local shows cancelled because of COVID-19 will receive a slice of $34 million Australian Government funding to help ensure they can bounce back next year, Federal Member for Wide Bay and Deputy Speaker of the... More information...
Assistance available in response to K'Gari (Fraser Island) bushfires 04 December 2020 | Disaster assistance has been made available to reimburse firefighting costs on K'gari (Fraser Island), as operations continue to combat the impacts of the ongoing bushfires, Federal Member for Wide Bay and Deputy... More information...
Saluting the service of Maryborough's RAAF heroes 27 November 2020 | A new honour board at the Maryborough Military Aviation Museum will commemorate the region's Second World War Royal Australian Air Force personnel, after receiving funding through the Australian Government's... More information...

comments powered by Disqus

All articles submitted by third parties or written by My Sunshine Coast come under our Disclaimer / Terms of Service